Thanks to everyone who voted for this year’s Top 25 Under 25 ranking. We had 102 submissions from Columbus Blue Jackets fans. We’ll be counting down the 25 highest-voted players over the next five weeks. Up next: Alexandre Texier.
#6: Alexandre Texier
6th out of 38 eligible players
Writer Rank: 9th
Reader Rank: 5th
Highest placement: 2nd (3 votes)
Most common placement: 4th (21 votes)
2019 rank: 4th
Birthdate: September 13, 1999
Birthplace: Saint-Martin-d’Hères, FRA
Weight: 186 lbs
Acquired: Drafted by the Blue Jackets in round 2 (14th pick, 45th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
2020-21 Season Review
Alexandre Texier set a career-high in games played (49) and points (15) in 2021. He scored four goals with 11 assists, and these are all numbers you’d like to see spikes in going forward. Based on how the 2021 season was starting out, Texier was looking to be a goal threat with tallies in three straight games — inside the first four games of the season — against the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings. He had four points in those three games, but then points became tough to come by throughout the long haul.
2021-22 Season Outlook
Corey Pronman of The Athletic wrote about the Blue Jackets pipeline (NHL Pipeline Rankings: No. 13 Columbus Blue Jackets accelerate rebuild with recent additions) on Wednesday. Per Pronman, Texier graded out as a below-average to above-average NHLer across skating, puck skills, hockey sense, and compete. I’m not sure how they grade ‘compete,’ but anyway he goes on to say Texier has a very high skill level but might be a bottom-six forward due to his size and average speed. Unless his puck game pops, and he did talk about his ability to make plays through sticks and legs.